Monday, April 8, 2013
Officers are responding to a fatal crash on the Mass. Pike.
Update: 5:17 p.m.: Traffic is still largely unaffected on the Mass Pike Westbound, according to traffic.com, though exit 11a is currently closed. Passage is slow on I-495 south coming into the site of the crash near exit 11a. *** A driver of a tractor-trailer was killed after a rollover crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Hopkinton Monday afternoon, according to a scanner report. The crash occurred on the ramp from the Pike westbound to Route 495, according to CBS Boston. State troopers and medical personnel responded to the crash, which was picked up by scanners around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Exit 11a is expected to be closed for "an extended period of time," according to the CBS Boston report.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
An empty tanker jackknifed and is blocking three lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound in Framingham.
UPDATED: 4:22 p.m. All lanes westbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike are now open. Drivers waived tolls at Exit 13 ends at 5 p.m. *** UPDATED: 4:10 p.m. Breakdown lane westbound is open. *** UPDATED: 3:35 p.m. Framingham Fire reported one vehicle underneath the tanker. Two individuals have been transported to the hospital. Mass Pike westbound has been shut down. Mass Pike eastbound is open. Mass Pike westbound traffic is being detoured onto Route 9 and Route 30 at Exit 13 in Natick. Tolls are being waved coming off the Pike at Exit 13 headed west. *** An empty tanker jackknifed and is blocking three lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound in Framingham just after 3 p.m. Report of driver pinned. Framingham Fire, Natick Fire and …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick says the state’s toll system will be fully automated by 2015.
Though users of the EZPass service never have to stop for a toll collector on the Mass Pike now, in just over two years, no one will have to. Gov. Deval Patrick said this week all toll collectors will be phased out by 2015 to make way for a fully automated toll taking system on the Mass Pike, according to Boston.com. Patrick the state will provide a “dignified and soft landing” for the 410 toll workers who would be laid off, according to the news site. Do you think the state should move to the new automated system or should Massachusetts stick with the system in place now? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Here are some tips from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to make your Thanksgiving travel a little easier.
Will you be driving on Thanksgiving night? If so, you can snag a free cup of joe courtesy of the state. And if you're hitting the Turnpike on Wednesday afternoon, you can also get on I-90 (for one hour) without having to pay the toll. Free coffee will be served at all 18 Massachusetts Department of Tranportation (MassDOT) service plazas between 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night until 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov 23, courtesy of McDonalds, Burger King and Gulf. Meanwhile, Plymouth Rock Assurance will sponsor free tolls at the Allston-Brighton interchange on I-90 from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected to be at its peak on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 25, according to MassDOT. To avoid…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Emergency crews responding to the vehicle overturned.
Report of a flipped auto on Route 9 ramp to Mass Pike westbound, just after 4 p.m. Scanner report has a vehicle off roadway into woods and overturned. Injuries are unknown at the moment. Emergency crews are on the scene.
Monday, May 7, 2012
MassDOT says Switch to E-ZPass name eliminates confusion for drivers, improves safety for all.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation begins an overhaul this week of all signage at toll plazas on the Turnpike, Tobin Bridge and Airport Tunnels to improve safety and meet federal highway guidelines. Drivers will see the Fast Lane signs come down and E-ZPass signs go up; ‘Cash Only’ signs will also be updated as part of the project. “Driver hesitation and confusion can jeopardize safety at our toll plazas,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey in a press release. “We want the general public and our 1.7 million transponder holders to know that E-ZPass and Fast Lane are now one in the same.” Purple and white E-ZPass signs will be familiar to most as the brand exists on toll roads in more than a dozen states, including …